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Ami Takahashi
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Oct 27, 2021
Princess Mako's marriage a 'warning sign' for Japan's imperial system
Princess Mako's precedent-setting marriage has highlighted the fact that other imperial family members — including male heirs to the throne — could leave the household in the future.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 27, 2021
Family business? Political dynasties die hard in Japan's general election
Although Prime Minister Fumio Kishida vowed to show voters that the LDP has been 'reborn,' inheritance of incumbency is conspicuously prevalent in Japan's national political scene.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 22, 2021
Women make headlines in LDP race, but true empowerment a long way off
Some experts say gender inequality will likely remain unaddressed as the Liberal Democratic Party is still heavily influenced by conservative male heavyweights.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 17, 2021
A popular poison: Vietnamese researcher brings taste for Japan's toxic fugu pufferfish home
Fugu is not commonly consumed in many other countries, but Vu Thuy Linh, a Vietnamese researcher at a university near Tokyo, hopes to cultivate the culinary art of the pufferfish abroad.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 1, 2021
Olympic spectator woes prove bad news for Tokyo's souvenir sellers
As well as traditional craft items, shops in the capital have struggled to sell official licensed Olympics merchandise.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jun 29, 2021
Japan ditching medal targets for focus on athlete safety, JOC chief says
'If I'm asked whether it's important to achieve 30 (gold medals), I want to clearly say 'no,'' Yasuhiro Yamashita said on Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 29, 2021
Efforts underway to end 'period poverty' in Japan
The central government has decided to set aside funds to support those who cannot afford to purchase feminine hygiene products.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 25, 2021
Twitter lends name to new species of mite discovered in Japan
The newly discovered Ameronothrus twitter mite, found in Chiba Prefecture, was spotted by scientists on photos uploaded to the social media site.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 1, 2021
Tokyo's Adachi Ward responds to controversy by certifying LGBT families
The initiative in the ward is rare in a nation that does not legally recognize marriage between members of the LGBT community.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 11, 2020
Anti-Olympics artists put on show at Tokyo gallery near new stadium
Artists hope to show the myriad problems that still plague Tokyo's hosting of the athletic extravaganza.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 20, 2020
Part-time remote work could provide key to boosting Japan's local economies
A website based in Gifu Prefecture is matching up urban workers' business acumen with rural projects' needs.

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